California’s water outlook is brighter, but …

Though it’s still early, this year’s storms have brought increased precipitation, including heavy snowfall in the Sierras. Our real problem isn’t lack of rain, it’s a lack of water storage capacity. Despite voter approval of the $7.1 billion water bond in 2014, including $2.7 billion earmarked for new dams and reservoirs, few projects are currently underway. […]

California’s Capitol, a state treasure

Working in the Capitol building is a wonderful privilege. The building is much more than just a seat of government; it’s a living museum of California history. California’s state capital was permanently moved to Sacramento in 1854, after temporarily locating in other cities including Vallejo, San Jose and Benicia. The current Capitol building was completed between […]

Serving the 75th Assembly District

Assisting district residents with problems trying to navigate California’s massive bureaucracy is one of my primary responsibilities as your representative in Sacramento. Here’s a review of some of the ways my office has assisted residents over the past year. While my California Capitol office deals largely with legislation and policy issues, my Assembly District office […]

Back to Sacramento

Eighty State Assembly Members and 40 State Senators will begin the new legislative session Jan. 4. Over 2,000 bills are likely to be introduced in the next few weeks. Thankfully, most will not be controversial. With some exceptions, all legislation must be submitted to the Office of Legislative Counsel by Jan. 20 with the final submission date of Feb. 17 for […]

Safeguarding our elections will protect voter registration data

The first bill I introduced this session deals with voter security. On Dec. 5, during the Legislature’s organizational session, I introduced Assembly bill 4 or AB 4, the Voter Integrity Protection Act. The act will verify and protect voter registration data to ensure that changes made online to voter information have actually been made by […]

The new session is beginning

The new legislative session begins Dec. 5, when 80 newly elected and returning Assembly-members are sworn in at the State Capitol. During this ceremonial event, the Secretary of State presents a “Certificate of Election,” stating that all members have been duly elected, and members rise to take the oath, in which we swear to “support and […]

Reflecting on our many blessings

In this season of Thanksgiving, we Americans have a great deal to be thankful for.  God’s blessings and gifts are all around us, even when we may not notice them. Our nation is founded on the rule of law, with checks and balances that guarantee our God-given freedoms are protected. Our peaceful elections and lawful […]

The results are in!

Thanks to my wonderful district, I am honored to have been re-elected to continue to serve as your voice in Sacramento. While the Nov. 8 general election will be bringing a new direction and lots of new faces to Washington, DC, to governors’ mansions and to legislatures across the nation, in many ways California is […]

Preventing drug addiction and abuse

We can all agree about the importance of keeping kids away from illegal drugs.  During October, I again participated in Red Ribbon Week, a campaign that seeks to mobilize communities and to educate millions of children nationwide about the dangers posed by illicit drug use.  Since the Red Ribbon campaign began in the late 1980s, […]

Support for working families

Working families in California face a daily struggle to make ends meet and provide their children with a home, education, food and recreational opportunities.  I have championed a long list of bills to assist working families, including legislation to eliminate the sales tax for the purchase of water efficient home appliances by low income people, […]

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